Italy’s AGCOM acts against online piracy

Italy’s comms regulator l’Autorità per le garanzie nelle comunicazioni (AGCOM) has approved a draft regulation to introduce a notice and take down process in relation to copyright infringement, reports Lexology. The scheme will be submitted for public consultation and notified to the European Commission in order to be finally approved.

This plan follows earlier bids by AGCOM, which failed following criticism from freedom of expression and privacy advocates.

The revised procedure now tries to find a new balance between involved interests, by introducing a notice and take down process which presents some enhancements: i) it is started on demand of the copyright owner and not ex officio, after an unsuccessful removal request is sent to the page manager; ii) the content uploader, the page manager and the ISP may participate to the proceeding.

The scope of the take down procedure is limited to copyright infringements with commercial purposes and does not apply to private downloads.

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